Shatter Me written by Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: October 2nd 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Series: , The Juliette Chronicles #1
Narrated by Kate Simses
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
Unravel Me written by Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: February 5th 2013
Series: , The Juliette Chronicles #2
Narrated by Kate Simses
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
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time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.
The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.
“Just like Heroes, the TV series”
First of, let me just say that the covers of this series are just AH-MAY-ZING! I mean, just WOW!
The Shatter Me series is 3 books and 2 novellas (haven’t read those yet) is an audiobook I picked out when I was waiting for my holds to be available from the library. I really did not have many expectations of this series but the blurb sounded really interesting, and did I mention those gorgeous covers?! When I started listening to it, I was taken in by the awesome narration (more on that later) and the vivid imagery.
The story is about Juliette, a girl who has been in an asylum for about a year because she had killed a little boy by touching him. Oh, did I mention that Juliette’s touch is deadly and causes extreme, excruciating pain? One night, a boy was put in the same cell she was held at. And what do you know, it was a boy that she had known when she was a child. His name is Adam and he is immune to Juliette’s touch.
I really loved the relationship between Juliette and Adam. The flashbacks to when they were in school really enhanced their feelings and made me feel that Adam was the perfect guy for her. Unfortunately, we meet another character in the story – Warner, who was ALSO immune to her touch. I immediately smelled a love triangle and I almost, ALMOST lost interest in the whole series.
Juliette’s inner conversations were perfect and added to the overall feel of the story. I liked listening to her voice and her thoughts and insecurities all throughout the first book but the second and third books made me think of Juliette as a spoiled brat.
I liked Juliette’s character development throughout the series, minus the periods of brattiness in the second book. I love the strength that she had to learn as the months went on and by the third book, I could see her as someone who can defeat the baddies.
By the second book, I already knew Juliette was going to end up with. I had hoped that I was wrong, but sadly, I wasn’t. View Spoiler »I could not imagine how she chose Warner instead of Adam! I hated that the author changed Adam and Warner’s personalities in the second and third books. I felt it was just too ridiculous. Warner was already portrayed as an insensitive bastard and he just did a whole 180?! « Hide Spoiler I did not appreciate that at all.
This whole series felt like the TV show Heroes (which I loved, by the way). The people residing at Omega Point where people with abilities, anomalies that they cultivated and mastered. Despite enjoying the series, I was just disappointed at the ending. I appreciate the shocking twists and revelations of the story but I still cannot come to terms with who Juliette chose in the end.
THOUGHTS ON THE AUDIO
Narrator: Kate Simses
I loved Kate Simses narration in the story. Her tiny voice felt like Juliette’s and I liked listening to it, especially since there were a lot of Juliette’s inner monologs. I expected to be irritated by Kate’s voice and narration but I felt that it added a dose of reality to the story.
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